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Fuerth, March 15, 2007

Metal surcharges

As already announced in our last press release dated 22.09.2006 Eckart\\\'s metal surcharges will be adjusted on a quarterly basis.

Due to the development of metal prices during the first quarter 2007 as well as our stocking for the months April, May and June the following reduced metal surcharges will apply for the second quarter 2007:

Bronzepowder

USD/lb 1.43

Bronze paste   

USD/lb 1.29

Mastersafe & Powdersafe

USD/lb 1.36

Rotosafe

USD/lb 1.29

Rotovario solvent based

USD/lb 1.14

Rotovario aqua

USD/lb 1.00

Gravure & flexo inks                         

USD/lb 0.57

Offset inks

USD/lb 0.66



About ECKART
ECKART is a leading global manufacturer of metallic printing inks and effect pigments. Based in Fürth, Germany, and with approximately 1,850 employees to date worldwide, the company develops, produces and sells metallic and pearlescent pigments in powder, paste and pellet form, as well as concentrates, dispersions and printing inks. ECKART products are used in the graphic arts industry, the coatings and paints industry, the plastics and foam mortar industry and in cosmetics. ECKART is currently represented in over 70 countries.